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Cuteness Overload! 8 Kentucky Police Officers from the Same Department Pose with Their Newborns

Eight police officers from the same department in Kentucky have more than just their jobs in common — they are all parents of newborns.

Seven dads and one mom from the Erlanger Police Department all had children within the past year, and they decided to share a photo of all of them together.

“We are all like, ‘Oh, I am having a kid,’ then we are like, ‘So am I.’ ‘So am I.’ A couple months later, ‘So am I.’ Then you start looking at it and say, ‘(The) schedule is going to be an issue,’” Officer Ryan Atchley told WLWT.

And while the officers were all smiles for the photo, Justin Auton, admits that he only sleeps around three hours a night on average.

“I do cook a lot. I do all the wife’s meals for the whole week, the kids, I do all of that. I make birthday cake, stuff like that. Even though I don’t eat cakes,” he told WLWT.

The photo shoot was an adorable attempt to upstage the Glenpool Fire Department Department, who posed with seven newborns in May.

“Hey Glenpool Fire Department. I guess there’s something in the water here in Erlanger KY too!” they wrote in the Facebook post.”

In just a little over a year, seven firefighters from their department had babies. To celebrate, they took a sweet group shot.

“It’s crazy how it all happened, but we are a really tight fire family, so it was a blessing in disguise for us,” Sarah Hutchinson, wife of Glenpool firefighter Dustin Hutchinson, a 10-year vet of the department, told PEOPLE at the time. “We never thought we would get this attention!”


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7 Members of the Same Family Killed in Horror Crash: ‘My Heart Hurts Like It Never Hurt Before’

Seven family members were killed in a head-on car crash in eastern Oregon on Monday.

Erika Boquet, 29, her three children and Boquet’s stepmother Kyla Brown, 28, and her two children were all killed when a 1999 Toyota 4Runner driving on the other side of the road, crossed into their lane and smashed into their 2016 Toyota 4Runner, Oregan State Police confirmed.

Boquet, her children Isabella, 11, Elisabeth, 9, and Tytis, 6, as well as Brown and her children Arianna, 10, and Xavier, 2, were all pronounced dead at the scene, police said in a statement.

The lone driver of the 1999 Toyota 4Runner, Mark Robert Rundell, 48, also died in the collision.

The young family was on their way to Las Vegas from Washington during the time of the fatal accident, which took place at around 10 a.m.

Boquet’s father and Brown’s partner Louis Johnson was flying to Nevada to meet his family when tragedy struck.

The devastated father and grandfather posted on his Facebook that his “world came crashing down.”

“My heart hurts like it never hurt before. I have no answers to a 1000 whys,” he wrote, asking friends and family to join him at a vigil held Wednesday. “We lost 7 loved ones and the pain we feel is deep. I need to see the love I lost in you.”

Boquet’s brother Jessie Tate has set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising money to cover the funeral costs.

“Our family is at a complete loss. We are trying to come up with enough money to bring them home and give them the proper burial they deserve,” the GoFundMe page reads.

“Erika was kind and always giving to others. Her heart was big and full of compassion. Words can not describe how much Erika, Bella, Elisa and Tytis will be missed.”

So far, the page has raised over $ 30,000.

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Tate also opened up to The Oregonian about his sister’s devastating death.

“It’s a tragedy I wouldn’t wish on anyone else,” Tate explained to the publication.

“She was outgoing, personable, made friends everywhere she went, and her kids took after her,” Tate continued.

“They all just cared about everyone around them.”

The accident remains under investigation.


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Loot Boxes Aren’t the Same as Trading Cards

We all know what loot boxes are, yet we can’t define them. Are they gambling? Are they unethical? Eager to protect this unfathomably lucrative box o’ loot, industry bodies have compared the system to trading cards. But Babe Ruth and Black Lotus are deceptively different from that Butterfly Knife.

The similarity starts and ends with the consumer perspective of not knowing what they’re getting. It’s a big similarity.

But there are some important differences, both functional and psychological. Problems arise when industry bodies (such as the ESRB or IGEA) claim the two are so alike they should be treated the same in a legal context.

The fact is, loot boxes are a new phenomenon. There’s no way around it. New definitions will need to be created. Consumers will need to be educated. Legislation will need to catch up. It’s human nature to liken it to a previously known thing, by way of explanation. But it’s also disingenuous to dodge regulation by comparing loot boxes to something more benign, such as trading cards or worse, an in-game purchase.


Hawaii Representative Chris Lee denounces loot boxes as gambling
Hawaii Representative Chris Lee denounces loot boxes as gambling.

Value and Ownership

The virtual items you’re hoping to obtain do have value. That’s demonstrated by people paying money for them in scenarios when you can outright purchase them. But that value never leaves that ecosystem, and that item is never truly owned by the player.

Rather, the player has the rights to use that virtual item. Rights which can be revoked when the developer sees fit.

Some systems allow players to trade items, and the developer takes a cut of those transactions. Many don’t allow trading at all. There’s never a way to “cash out” of the ecosystem. Third-party websites attempt to facilitate this by proxy, but these exist outside the allowed terms of service and are regularly clamped down upon.


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Real money, digital goods.

That’s in stark contrast to any physical collectible card game, in which you own the cards. There are no restrictions on resale. There are no restrictions on how you use it, or even play the specific game with it. House rules? That’s fine.

The difference in agency is night and day. Got banned? Servers went down? Developer went bankrupt? All of a sudden that virtual item you thought you owned is no longer accessible.

Clutching at any straw of a technicality, some would argue the lack of a “cash out” means loot boxes aren’t gambling. With all the pain and no gain, we contend it actually makes loot boxes worse than gambling.

Optimised Psychological Systems

As we’ve pointed out, loot boxes and gambling have more in common than the practice of offering value for randomised return. Psychologically, the way that exercise is carried out is more important than the actual value exchange.

It’s about the feelings a player has when pushing forward their chips in the hopes of finally getting that Widowmaker skin. Loot boxes, like slot machines (or “pokies” as we call them in Australia…aren’t we funny?) optimise their return rates (and where possible, reward schedules) to manipulate that feeling. Their job is to keep players playing, and keep players paying.


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It’s about the perpetual “almost.” The denial of closure. It’s about feeling “due.” About the sunk cost fallacy. It’s about losing track of time and spending. It’s about the rush of a win, and the human brain being horribly incompetent at understanding chance.

At a deeper level, it’s about the chemicals that get released during all of these feelings. Something that can be manipulated through external audio/visual stimuli.

The similarities to slot machines aren’t coincidental. The techniques, and thus the feelings they cause, are brought over from the gambling industry. This is what often gets lost in the discussion about loot boxes. There might be a feeling of excitement about opening a box of trading cards, but that’s where it ends — there’s nowhere near the level of scientific optimisation.

Trading Cards Aren’t Random

Sure, they are for the consumer. From our point of view, trading cards are as good as random because at the point of sale, we don’t know what we’re getting.

But for the manufacturer, what’s in every pack has already been calculated before being sent out. Everything is known. It’s very different to a random number generator at the point of sale, in which the manufacturer doesn’t know if it will be serving a high-value or low-value product.

As for what’s better or worse, we aren’t sure yet. But the random number generator at point of sale is more like the definition of “gambling.” Akin to rolling a die or spinning a roulette wheel, the randomness is decided, for both sides, on the spot.

Trading cards, collectible sports cards, mystery boxes found on eBay, all appear random for one half of the equation. The other half already knows it’s “won.”

Winnings Change After Winning

Of course, after hundreds of thousands of online transactions, a random number generator with the right variables will product the desired result for the loot box provider anyway. That might make the point academic, but for the developer’s ability to make changes after the fact.

Winning odds, item attributes, ownership, or whether a virtual item even exists are all things that can be changed after it has been won. Perhaps the item itself doesn’t change, but the environment does, rendering it useless. Perhaps the odds are adjusted or the item is involved in a marketing promotion, drastically altering the item’s rarity.


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The closest possibility with trading cards is the manufacturer flooding the market with a certain card once deemed rare. Never a good thing for owners of that card, but nothing removes the “original” status of the card. Ignoring the new wave of blockchain collectible card games, virtual items don’t discern between “first” and “recent.”

There’s one potential benefit to videogames in that regard. Now that games are a service, constantly upgraded, the cards stay relevant. Official competitive Magic: The Gathering play phases out expansions that are a couple of years old or more.

But that’s a benefit of online games — not a benefit of loot boxes.

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You Always Get ‘Something’

One of the main arguments about loot boxes being gambling is that you always get “something” back. It was used by the ESA and ESRB in their statement on the matter.

This is also true of trading cards. You always get something back. But with trading cards, you always get something back of value. There will always be a sportsperson on that sports card, and you can always include one of those Magic cards in a deck.

You might not always want to, of course. And in that case, the solution is in the name. Trading cards can be traded. Or even sold.


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By contrast, the “something” you get back from a loot box could be literally useless. A skin for a gun or character you have no interest in. An item that needs to be combined with another item, requiring more spins. Or perhaps an item that clearly labelled as a dud, please try again. Often you’ll get a duplicate item, sometimes in a game that doesn’t even allow duplicate items.

A “something” as good as “nothing.”

We also object to the logic involved here. If slot machines were to offer a five cent minimum return on every spin, do they cease to be gambling? That’s being generous — much of the time, loot box winnings are closer to a fraction of a cent in value.

There are more than a few practical and psychological differences between these systems. If you’re explaining loot boxes to someone as a shorthand – “It’s like trading cards, but…” – that’s innocent enough. But for industry spokespeople to claim to politicians and TV cameras alike that these are the same thing – and thus should be treated the same legally – is disingenuous, incorrect, and at worst a cynical attempt at evading necessary regulation.

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“President Trump had another busy day today trying to pull his weiner out of a lawnmower,” Jimmy Kimmel said during his monologue Thursday night. “The president has been working very hard this week attempting to distance himself from himself.”

“As you know, he pretty clearly sided with Vladimir Putin over our own intelligence agencies after his meeting with Putin in Helsinki,” the host continued, explaining that people have been “going nuts” over the fact that Trump said he believed the Russian president when he assured him he did not commit a cyber attack on the American election, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Then, Kimmel took a turn. “I want to defend the president, just a little bit,” he said. “People are calling him a traitor, they’re calling him a liar, a coward. And not just Democrats, he’s being hammered by his own party, too.”

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“President Trump had another busy day today trying to pull his weiner out of a lawnmower,” Jimmy Kimmel said during his monologue Thursday night. “The president has been working very hard this week attempting to distance himself from himself.”

“As you know, he pretty clearly sided with Vladimir Putin over our own intelligence agencies after his meeting with Putin in Helsinki,” the host continued, explaining that people have been “going nuts” over the fact that Trump said he believed the Russian president when he assured him he did not commit a cyber attack on the American election, despite all evidence to the contrary.

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Joe Jackson buried at same cemetery as late son Michael as daughter Janet leads mourners

JOE Jackson, the father of Michael Jackson, has been buried in the same cemetery as his late superstar son.

Daughter Janet led mourners at the pop patriarch’s private funeral service on Monday.

Joe Jackson has been buried in a private funeral service in Southern California at the same cemetery as his late son Michael

A source close to the famous family said Joe was laid to rest Monday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Southern California.

Jackson died last Wednesday aged 89 of stage 4 pancreatic cancer and is survived by wife Katherine, eight children and dozens of grandchildren.

He is credited as being the brains behind the Jackson 5 group which launched his son’s pop career.

Eldest son Jackie Jackson posted a photo of himself on Instagram Monday afternoon in a black suit and sunglasses while dressing one of his young twin sons in a similar suit.

Michael Jackson was entombed in 2009 in the mausoleum at the opulent cemetery that is also the final resting place of Elizabeth Taylor and Walt Disney.

Joe Jackson has passed away aged 89
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TMZ reported Jackson had suffered health problems for many years, with trips to hospital in 2015 and 2016 for heart attacks and high fevers respectively.

Just days before his death, Joe sent his last tweet, featuring himself looking out across a sunset.

He captioned it: “I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see. The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.”

Jackson was the patriarch of one of entertainment’s most famous families and disciplined his talented kids with an iron fist.

His methods produced the Jackson 5, the King of Pop in son Michael and also helped his daughter Janet sell over 100 million records worldwide.

Joe pictured with the Jackson 5 circa 1970. Michael is on the far right
Joe and Michael pictured together in 2005 during the pop star’s child molestation trial
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Michael later claimed he was so terrified of his father he would throw up at the sight of him.
Jackson fathered 10 children with his wife Katherine. As well as the Jackson 5 – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael – he sired Rebbie, Randy, La Toya and Janet.
Brandon was born in 1957 but died within 24 hours.

An eleventh child, Joh’Vonnie Jackson, was born out of an extramarital affair.
Jackson was born to Samuel, a university professor, and Crystal Lee King, in the US state of Arkansas on July 26 1928.
He was the oldest of five children, having two brothers, Lawrence and Luther, and two sisters, Lula Mae and Verna Mae.

While pursuing a boxing career, he met his future wife, Katherine Scruse, but first married someone else before divorcing a year later.
He married Katherine in 1949 and they bought a house in Gary, Indiana, welcoming their first child, Rebbie, six months after they tied the knot.
In the early 1960s, Jackson began nurturing his growing family’s musical talents, beginning with his eldest sons Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. Later, Marlon and Michael would be welcomed to the band.
Initially called the Jackson Brothers, the group changed their name to the Jackson 5 and one of the decade’s biggest-selling acts was born.

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Here he is relaxing in his office during his years managing the Jackson 5
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But perhaps Jackson’s most enduring legacy will be his son Michael. A global icon, he has had a profound impact on popular culture through his music, dancing and fashion.

Albums such as Thriller, Bad and Dangerous were wildly popular both commercially and critically.

Michael, no stranger to controversy, was one of the world’s most revered popstars when he died of a drug overdose aged 50 in 2009.

He made allegations of physical and emotional abuse against his father.

During a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael alleged his father beat him, called him ugly and made him so scared he would vomit at the sight of him.

He said: “I love my father, but I don’t know him. Sometimes I do get angry. I don’t know him the way I’d like to know him.

“My mother’s wonderful. To me, she’s perfection. I just wish I could understand my father.”

Winfrey asked Michael why his father beat him, but he could offer no explanation.

He said: “I don’t know if I was his golden child or whatever it was. Some may call it a strict disciplinarian or whatever, but he was very strict. He was very hard. Just a look would scare you.

“There’s been times when he’d come to see me, and I would get sick. I’d start to regurgitate.”

Joe poses for a photo with a young Michael and his wife Katherine in 1973
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But he remained unrepentant about the so-called “discipline”.

In 2013, Joe told CNN: “I had to be like that way because during those times, it was hard, and you have a lot of gangs there, you know, in the area where we were living.

“This was Gary, Indiana, and I had to make sure that they didn’t get in any type of trouble, and things of that sort.

“I’m glad I was tough, because look what I came out with. I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world. And they treated everybody right.

“You know, Michael, he was a nice guy.

“The world (doesn’t) know anything too much about Michael as far as how he was brought up. But he was brought up. I made sure that he respected the older people.”

Joe’s death also comes almost exactly nine years following that of Michael’s, who died on June 25, 2009.

Taj Jackson, the grandson of Joe, said the hearts of his “entire family” are in pain following the death of the patriarch.

He tweeted: “Disgusted by some of the comments I’m reading about my grandpa Joe by those who didn’t even know him. Please don’t just regurgitate what you were spoon fed by the press.

“Joe was loved by our ENTIRE family and our hearts are in pain. Let us grieve without the nastiness. #ripthehawk.”


The Rev Jesse Jackson tweeted a tribute, writing: “Joe Jackson, brother beloved, patriarch & creator of one of the most talented American musical dynasties.

“We will remember him as long as his family’s music plays. Offering prayers and condolences to the Jackson family. #RIP #NeverCanSayGoodbye #JoeJackson.”

Jackson is survived by his wife Katherine, sons Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy and daughters Rebbie, La Toya and Janet, as well as Joh’Vonnie Jackson, who was from an extramarital affair of his.


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Chrissy Teigen just raised a VERY important question about The Little Mermaid on Twitter, and the movie will never be the same again

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Chrissy Teigen just raised a VERY important question about <em>The Little Mermaid</em> on Twitter, and the movie will never be the same again

We’re pleased to report that Chrissy Teigen has broken the internet yet again. Thanks to her humor, frankness, and penchant for Twitter rants, Teigen is of our favorite people to follow on social media. Remember when she live-tweeted her disastrous experience flying to Tokyo? Or her savage tweets about Jesus Christ Superstar Live? Well, Teigen’s latest Twitter rant — which happens to be about The Little Mermaid — might be our favorite one yet.

On Sunday, June 10th, the supermodel and cookbook author took to Twitter to raise a VERY important question: “How does Ariel know what ‘reprimand’ means but not ‘feet?’” And now, we don’t think we’ll ever see The Little Mermaid the same way again.

Teigen is, of course, referring to lyrics from the song “Part of Your World.” While wondering about life above the water, Ariel sings, “Bet’cha on land, they understand / Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters.”

We always knew that Ariel didn’t know the words for a lot of objects on land. At various points during The Little Mermaid, she doesn’t know the word for a fork or a pipe, opting instead to call them a “dinglehopper” and a “snarfblat,” respectively. But Teigen pointing out that Ariel DOES know such a big word (you know, relatively speaking) like “reprimand” makes us see the movie in a new way.

We don’t know what prompted Teigen’s Twitter rant about The Little Mermaid — maybe she was watching the movie at home with Luna and Miles? But however she arrived at this thought, we’re grateful that she shared it with us.

Can’t argue with this logic.

In the end, Teigen decided that maybe Ariel just isn’t the brightest Disney princess of the bunch.

After all, the mermaid has lived a pretty sheltered life.

Oh, Chrissy. Never stop tweeting your trains of thought, okay?

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Meghan Markle Has Brits Flying the Biracial Flag, But Will Americans Do The Same?

A lot has been made of the potential for Meghan Markle to disrupt the status quo for women, and black women, in particular.

No sooner did we learn her new title – the Duchess of Sussex – than she was playfully nicknamed the Duchess of Success. But success for whom, I wondered? Resulting in what?

Meghan Markle and the Larger Scale 

In the midst of #MeToo #TimesUp and the unapologetic return of feminism in full force, it felt oddly off kilter – all this fuss over a very traditional wedding hyped in fairytale talk of a “commoner” bride being elevated by marriage to a prince. So, like many, I was skeptical. What would Markle’s marriage into the royal family really mean on a larger scale, if anything? Wait and see, I thought. Well, yesterday, I did.

From the first glimpses of Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, riding toward St. George’s chapel together, there was nothing common about the bride or the way she showed up. At 36, a child of divorce who was previously married herself, I was struck by her composure and self containment, and I was transfixed by the whole affair.

Why was I suddenly so caught up? Not because it was lovely (although it really was) but because the surprises abounded, from the bride’s “something blue” being the soles of her Aquazurra shoes, to far more compelling notes that made this royal wedding something strikingly new.

I was moved by the image of Ragland, beautiful, solitary, and clearly emotional, over her daughter’s shoulder as she recited her vows. Who could resist the children, the pageantry, the Kingdom Choir, the brilliant young cellist? But what impacted me most in the midst of #BlackRoyalWedding was how the bride was consistently referred to as biracial – as if it was a normal, everyday thing. Except that it was not. At least, not before this wedding. And certainly not in this country, the good ol’ USA.

In America, You Have to Choose

Biracial was not an acceptable descriptor of choice when Barack Obama made history as the first black American president. Nor when Halle Berry was hailed for being the first black woman to win an Oscar for a lead actress role. Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mariah Carey, both of whose mothers – like Berry’s and Obama’s – are white, are also routinely referred to as black. In both cases, it wasn’t where they began when their celebrity status first hit. (At one time, being Samoan, was more Johnson’s public focal point.) But it’s how they’ve evolved. Because, in America, you have to choose.

Drake, Misty Copeland, Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys, Colin Kaepernick, Jesse Williams, J. Cole, Jussie Smollet, Faith Evans, Sade, Bob Marley… the list of prominent celebrities who are biracial but identify as black is long. The list of biracial “commoners” is longer. Why must they self-select into one race and, in so doing, out of their other?

The reasons behind it are ancient and current, complicated and painful, as is everything in our country involving race. Which is why we avoid confronting those reasons – still – even in a year when it seems everything is being thrown on the table as the call-out culture revs.

Markle has never been confused about her identity. As she married a white prince on the most public day of her life, she rather boldly celebrated her innate blackness but she does not refer to herself as black, or white. Even as a child, she resisted the pressure to choose one of her races over the other, and she’s been crystal about the reasons why.

In a 2015 Elle magazine article, Markle recounted her first confrontation with having to check a racial box on a form in the seventh grade. Her teacher told her to check the Caucasian box. “Because that’s how you look, Meaghan,” she said. “I couldn’t bring myself to do that,” Markle wrote, recalling the sadness she knew her mother would feel if she did. Instead, she drew a small question mark then put down her pen, devastated.

When Markle told her father about it, his instructions were liberating: “If that happens again, you draw your own box.” And so she has, steadfastly refusing to be labelled as anything more limiting than what she is, a mixed race, or biracial, woman.

It seems so obvious. In an age of heightened sensibilities about micro-aggressions, in an era when #representationmatters and we have created new nomenclature for people to self-identify a full range of previously unacknowledged gender and sexual preferences, how ridiculous is it that we can’t get comfortable with people owning all that they are racially?

The sad truth is, particularly in American culture, where white and black have been at odds for so long, and where the dividing lines have in some ways deepened in recent years, nothing is as simple, as rational or right as it should be.

Perhaps that’s why yesterday’s royal wedding was the perfect platform for this moment. Because on such occasions, even the most cynical among us tend to get drawn into the shimmering beauty and hopefulness of it all. And because it didn’t take place on American soil.

Markle gave us a storybook wedding, but her handling of the details, shows her keen awareness of its larger impact. She knows that monarchies and their marriages are all about safeguarding the future of the lineage and this lineage will now be definitively multi-racial. She is doing her part to create room for her biracial children to have a different experience than she has.

Whatever else Markle has achieved in her life so far, it is no small feat that the massive worldwide press bowed to her will yesterday, embracing her multi-racial identity, and labeling it as precisely that.

Her newly royal status offered her the ability to compel that shift in a way that even her celebrity, frankly, never had, and she seized her giant moment on the world stage to make it happen. Perhaps Duchess of Success is already a fitting moniker, afterall.

 

 

 

 

 

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Falling in love when you have autism: ‘It’s like being on the same first date for 20 years’

Growing up with undiagnosed autism, Laura James had no idea how to handle love, until she met and married her neurotypical partner, Tim.

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Laura James at 25, when her autism was still undiagnosed

There are 700,000 people in the UK living on the autism spectrum, according to the National Autistic Society, but as many as 42 per cent of women with autism spend decades of their lives struggling to get a diagnosis. Here, Laura James, now 47 and author of Odd Girl Out (Bluebird, £8.99) explains how it feels to love, date and marry when you have autism without realising it.

‘I struggle to name and understand my emotions, so from early on in life, I have always split them into two categories: There are the good ones that are pink and soft. Then there are the bad ones, which are sludgy green, and feel jagged and dangerous. Love is confusing as it often comes with both these feelings.

Like many teenage girls I was obsessed with love. From 15, I was enchanted by a boy who lived a few streets away and who seemed only intermittently to notice me. He had everything I thought a boy should have: Irish roots, blue eyes and a detachment that acted like catnip to my teen self.

I would spend hours getting ready to “casually” bump into him at the coffee shop where he worked or at various gigs I knew he’d go to. We’d often go back to his parents’ house, where we lay on his bed listening to Bob Dylan. We were together but not together, almost pretending the other wasn’t there. We were friends, but it was unlike any other friendship I had. It always hovered on the edge of being more, but had it have gone any further I would have bolted.

“My undiagnosed autism had informed this seven-year crush”

It turned into a seven-year crush and, looking back, I can see it was informed by my then-undiagnosed autism. Other girls would have flirted fiercely or got bored and moved on to another boy. In retrospect, I think I liked the security of this pseudo relationship, where I could project my romantic fantasies on to someone without having to deal with the confusing mess that is the reality of many true relationships.

I (like many other women and girls with autism I have spoken to) found teenage dating and romantic entanglements difficult to fathom. We can lack social imagination and there seemed to be so many unwritten rules. If you liked someone, you were meant to pretend that you didn’t. It was all so confusing.

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Author Laura James, aged 25, when her autism remained undiagnosed

Many people with autism have intense interests and sometimes these can be focused on individuals. An autistic special interest can be all-consuming. Mine are usually relatively benign subjects, such as politics or fashion, but during the time I focused on this boy, he was literally all I could think about. If he had tried to kiss me though, I would have run a mile. Autistic girls often grow up more slowly than their neurotypical counterparts, and I simply wasn’t emotionally ready to have a relationship.

It’s often said that one of the main autistic emotions is fear and meeting someone new and knowing it could turn into a relationship is a terrifying concept for me. I would wait by the phone longing for it to ring and then, as soon as it did, I would be too scared to answer in case it was the object of my affection so I would just leave it ringing.

I felt this same sense of yearning and fear when I met my husband, Tim, ten years later. It was in rehab, a cold, bleak, scary place where I clung to the idea of him as if he were a life raft. He was suffering a vicious bout of depression. I had been admitted for a prescription drug addiction resulting from a misdiagnosis, something worryingly common for women with autism.

My husband says: “Its like being on the same first date for the past 20 years”

The stereotypes for autism are so strong and so based on the male model that medical professionals often fail to spot it in women, instead misdiagnosing them with mental health conditions such as Bipolar Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. If they are unlucky enough also to have physical health issues, such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (a connective tissue disorder, often seen in autistic women), they risk being written off as hypochondriacs or, in extreme cases, told they have Munchausen syndrome. I was misdiagnosed with Hyperventilation Syndrome and prescribed tranqulisers. That is one route to addiction, another is the alcohol and drugs that some autistic women use to ease social anxiety.

There is a forced intimacy in the cocoon of a psychiatric hospital, a soothing rhythm to the day and – somewhere between group therapy and a 12 steps meeting – I fell in love. I knew the feelings were different to what other people experienced. But again I was gripped by longing and terror.

I would wait for hours in the patients’ kitchen, hoping to get a glimpse of Tim, and then feel sick with fear as soon as I saw him. I would have imaginary conversations in my head, but struggle to engage with him when he was right there in front of me. The reality simply didn’t match the experiences of the heroines in the Jilly Cooper and Marian Keyes books I voraciously devoured at the time.

Somehow it worked and we dated and eventually married, although even today ours is a different kind of relationship. Tim has said it is like “being on the same first date for the past 20 years”. It is, he explains, the strange dichotomy of my need for structure and sameness and his failure ever to quite get into my head.

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Laura James with her husband, Tim

I like to live in what Tim calls “the grey”. It’s where I feel neutral. Any extremes of emotion leave me feeling de-stabilised. Falling in love can be full of highs and lows, and early on it left me exhausted and out of sorts. I knew, though, that my relationship with Tim was worth pursuing. It was initially uncomfortable, but because we got on so well, had so many shared interests and because he was funny and clever and unlike anyone else I had ever met, we somehow just got each other. Eventually, at least.

Unaware of my autism and completely different to me in terms of personality, Tim was loud and excitable and constantly lusting after adventure. While I craved the neutral, he wanted excitement and volatility. It shouldn’t have worked as a relationship. We are opposites. He is driven by emotion and is fiery, passionate, creative. I need life to be lived at one volume. He thrives on the kind of peaks and troughs that leave me longing for a dark room.

“We are married and very happily so, but not in the traditional sense”

I once suggested going to Devon for a weekend and within 10 minutes Tim had gone from researching B&Bs in Salcombe to looking at trips to the Arctic Circle and trying to persuade me to take three weeks off work for “the trip of a lifetime”. He needs newness constantly and cannot much see the point in going to the same place twice. I love sameness and will always try to sit at the same table and order the same dish in the same restaurant.

The turning point came with a startling realisation: we don’t argue. Ever. Early on in our marriage I was terrified of any sign of anger on his part. Even mild irritation left me quaking. I would shut down and not respond. In the end, we found a way to be and we haven’t had a cross word for more than a decade.

Years ago, Tim would snap over something small and I would retreat upstairs and not come down until I knew he had either gone out or had calmed down. I simply didn’t engage. Now he no longer even considers getting cross; he knows nothing will come of it. Problems are discussed calmly and solutions negotiated. Anything else seems bizarre to me. Why would anyone want to scream and shout at the person they love?

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Happily ever after: Laura James today

We are married and very happily so, but not in the traditional sense. We rarely go out with other couples. Instead, we spend time at home, together but separate. He makes music while I immerse myself in whatever special interest is enchanting my brain at any given time. I make no demands on him and bristle when he presses me to do something. But it works. There is a kindness in our relationship that is rare and precious.

A few weeks ago, we went shopping together for a sofa for our new house. Overwhelmed by the sensory overload of John Lewis on a busy Saturday afternoon, I turned to Tim and said, “please make it stop”. He knew what I meant. “I know,” he joked, “it’s awful – it’s just like being married.”

Odd Girl Out by Laura James is out now (Bluebird, £8.99)

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Scott Kelly is an American astronaut who worked for NASA from 1996 to 2016 and took part in a year-long experiment aboard the ISS (International Space Station). He undertook the experiment alongside his identical twin brother, Mark, who stayed firmly on the ground while he was sent up into space. The experiment was aiming to detail the differences between the identical twins during the time Scott spent up in space, and the immediate after effects of that time in zero gravity. As there was a genetic copy of Scott on Earth (his twin brother), this was the ideal experiment to show exactly what effects space travel has on the human body.

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Scott studied hard, earning two degrees, and joined the military, enrolling in the U.S. Navy. He succeeded greatly in both fields, rising to prominence and being chosen by NASA to join their team of pilots and astronauts. Not to be outdone, his brother followed a very similar path, and they both were able to get into space through their military training and engineering knowledge. There was a question that, up until now hadn’t been answered – how exactly does the body change when traveling through space? Are there any more differences that happen on a molecular level that the human eye wouldn’t be able to see? In a show of his support for science, Scott agreed to undertake the study despite the risks that were present. He agreed to stay up in space for 340 days. The goal of the experiment was to provide scientists with enough data to help analyze whether extended space exploration missions are viable in the future.


 

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Scott is now retired from the space program and can hold his head up high having done an awful lot for the future of humanity. Space exploration will allow the human race to develop new energy solutions as well as learn about the effects the solar system has had on our planet. If we can explore the other planets, we might be able to deduce exactly how and when the Earth was created and whether there was ever life on any neighboring planets. As many people have become aware, the planet is running low on raw materials, which is why renewable energy is becoming more and more necessary. Space exploration can both help us find new raw materials while trying to avoid damaging our own planet any further. NASA’s budget for 2017 was $ 19.65 billion, which was a substantial $ 600 million over what they had requested for the year.

This article will explore some of the amazing things Scott Kelly got up to when he was stationed on the ISS for almost a year. But what effects did space travel have on his body? And was he really still the same as his twin once he got back to Earth?

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Joanna Gaines Reveals the One Successful Magnolia Item She’s Kept the Same for 10 Years

A lot has changed since Joanna Gaines found fame on Fixer Upper, but there’s one thing she’s always kept the same.

During a trip to New York City in 2005, the HGTV star, 39, who recently said goodbye to her hit show after five seasons, stumbled upon a candlemaker named Shane. “I loved everything about his candles,” she writes in her Magnolia newsletter. “The original scents he developed, the way he hand-poured the soy and coconut wax blend, and of course the wooden wick that crackles as the candle burns.”

The mom of four — she’s pregnant with her and husband Chip’s fifth child, a boy — decided to splurge on Shane’s creations, and she ordered 50 of the linen scent with plans to sell them at one of her “home shows,” a sale that she regularly hosted in the family’s farmhouse.

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“There was something about these candles that sort of nudged me to take a risk on them,” she said.

Sure enough, the “Signature Magnolia Candle,” as she calls it now, sold out immediately, inspiring her to continue offering it to customers to this very day. Although the design of the jar has seen several iterations — “In a way, it’s sort of changed and grown with me” she says — she hasn’t messed with the heart of the product.

“I’ve been ordering that same Signature Magnolia Candle from Shane ever since,” she writes. “The linen scent is still the exact same as it was 10 years ago.”

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While the newest look, which combines “clean and modern with a touch of whimsy,” would certainly complement any space in Joanna’s farmhouse-modern style, what she really hopes fans benefit from is how the classic aroma makes them feel.

“It amazes me how a simple smell can take you back to an exact moment in time — for me, the clean linen scent reminds me of those early home show days where all of this got started,” she says. “My hope for these candles is that they fill your home with a scent that sparks your own fond memories, and that, for years to come, it’ll take you back to happy times spent with those you love most of all.”


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Vitalie Taittinger: ‘I don’t need to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things’

Champagne businesswoman Vitalie Taittinger is next in our Women Who Win series, giving us some insight into how tough you have to be to hack it as a woman in the alcohol industry…

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You may not have heard of Vitalie Taittinger, but you will definitely know her Champagne house, producing Taittinger Champagne since 1734.

But if you were about to dismiss Vitalie as an heiress, you can think again – only choosing to join the family business when her father bought back the 300-year-old brand after it was broken up and sold against his will.

Now, with her father and brother by her side, Taittinger has gone from strength to strength, becoming the ultimate family business – but there’s no doubt that a lot of that is down to Vitalie, proving herself to be an inspiring businesswoman, boss, mother of four – and did we mention that she’s absolutely lovely?

But how does she do it all?

According to Vitalie, it’s all about mindset and elegance. ‘I don’t want to be a man’, she told us. ‘I don’t need to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things. I’m really conscious that I’m a woman and that’s a beautiful thing’.

Our Women Who Win interview series celebrates strong and inspirational female trailblazers, shaping the future for us all, and Vitalie Taittinger and her unwavering optimism and love for her work and colleagues is that in a nutshell.

We sat down with Vitalie to find out how tough you have to be to survive as a female Champagne boss nowadays and how to use being a woman to our advantage in the workplace…

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The Taittinger family. Credit: Taittinger

What is the biggest sacrifice you have made?

Deciding to follow my father into the family Champagne business – it totally changed my life. I would have loved to have been an artist – I studied art and that was my plan – but I was so impressed by my father’s dedication to re-buying the family company that I asked to work for him instead. He kept it a secret and the people that knew doubted him – he was quite alone in the project. But he did it, and it wasn’t for ego or money, for him it was something to transmit to the next generation and I was, and I still am, very impressed by that. I had to reorganise everything and accept another life – it was one of the biggest decisions I ever made.

How often are you discriminated against?

I think that women are respected in the Champagne industry. We work in a different way to men – and that’s great. What I’m really trying to do is push the feminine side in business. I don’t want to be like men. I’m really conscious that I am a woman and I don’t want to turn myself into a man to achieve the same things. I don’t need to be a man.

How do you overcome struggles?

It’s all about teamwork. When I’m in a team working towards a goal, I am no longer a Taittinger family member or a woman, I am simply someone who has a job to do – I try to be super dedicated about the objective.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Someone once told me that if you want to be in good health, you have to love yourself and tell yourself that every day – and I really think it’s true. You have to empower yourself every morning. Instead of seeing your face and telling yourself “I feel old, I have dark eyes, I can see wrinkles”, you have to look at yourself as a beautiful person. It is such good advice – and like all good advice, I never actually manage to follow it, but I do think it is important.

Vitalie Taittinger. Credit: Taittinger

What do you refuse to compromise on?

I refuse to compromise on honesty and trust – they are so important to me. If I promise someone I will do something, I will always follow through and if I get behind something, I get behind it 100%. I will only hire people that I trust – that and authenticity are the two most employable traits and I always take them into consideration when building my team.

What quality do you deplore in others?

Negativity. I need positivity – that is the dynamic that I like and thrive in. I actually wouldn’t be able to work in a negative environment – you can make mistakes, you can have problems – but you have to go on and try to find some positivity – just try it again, correct it – and feel better. When people around you are of the same belief, it is so much easier.

What is your superpower?

I think my superpower is love and joy – I love people, I love my family, I love life. And in the workplace, there’s no greater superpower – when you love people and you love what they are doing, they are so much more encouraged – they want to prove and they want to give. The more generous you are, the more people are generous with you.

When are you at your most productive?

I think I’m the most productive when I’m alone. No day is the same for me and I’m always thinking about a million things in depth and jumping from one to the other. It is hyper challenging, so for me it’s very important to have time to myself to be able to process. I try to make the most and take the benefits from each moment alone, just breathing and taking some distance.

Vitalie Taittinger. Credit: Taittinger

How should women ask for more?

I’m really bad at asking for more – I never ask for anything – I have always been a believer in being patient and letting things happen. I really do feel that if you deserve something, you will get it, but it is important to know your worth. My advice is to go in with the right attitude – don’t voice your frustration, instead explain what you do and the value that your involvement brings. Most importantly, try not to insist too much, go about it in an elegant way.

When are you proudest?

I am super proud when I see my children. I’m proud of what they are and who they are becoming. I love watching them – picking up on their humour, seeing how they evaluate things, watching how they drive themselves. They are becoming individual people and one day they are going to fly. Being a mother is definitely the most valuable act I have done in my life – it does make you feel a bit older though!

How do you celebrate success?

I love celebrating by surrounding myself with the people I love – being with my husband, seeing good friends or staying at home with all of my children. For me it’s kind of success enough to stay in the home I love with the people I love. But a bit of rest, Champagne and good food can help too.

Finish the statement ‘Women should…’

Women should embrace the fact that they are women. Our society has changed so much and we’ve come so far that we’ve almost started to forget that being a woman is a beautiful thing. There are so many things that only we can do – we are so many characters in one. We can be mothers, we can be workers, but it’s important to remember that we don’t have to represent strength and authority all of the time, it’s OK to be tender and creative. Being a woman is a wonderful thing.

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Face ID will only come to Android phones next year, but it won’t be the same as the iPhone X

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A report a few days ago said that Apple has a two-year lead on Android rivals when it comes to the adoption of advanced 3D face-scanning technologies. Many Android device makers may be in a hurry to copy the iPhone X look and feel, and we’ve seen dozens of notch clones already, but these notch bezels won’t house TrueDepth-like cameras.

New reports say that Android device makers will have to wait one more year to deploy devices with 3D-sensing capabilities. When these devices arrive, they might not be Galaxy or Pixel phones. And they might not even launch in international markets at first.

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World’s Smallest Baby Who Weighed the Same as a Candy Bar Finally Gets to Go Home — See How She’s Grown! [PHOTOS]

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Do you believe in miracles? Well, if not, meet the world’s smallest, BIGGEST fighter. Back in June of last year, a baby girl born at just 28 weeks old, entered the world weighing only 0.88 lb — the same as a large, Cardbury chocolate egg and 0.12 oz less than one pound! Named Manushi, her foot was the size of her dad’s thumbnail, and she became one of the world’s smallest babies to ever survive such extreme premature conditions.

During the time of her birth, Manushi, from Rajasthan, India, measured in at only only 8.6 inches long, not breathing, with “paper thin skin and underdeveloped organs.” Born to mother Seeta, 48, and father Giriraj, 50, Manushi was given a 0.5 percent chance of surviving without brain damage. However, doctors say she “appears intellectually normal,” thus far.

According to her doctors, Manushi actually lost weight the first few days of life, since she could not be fed adequately due to the immaturity of her digestive organs. She had to be placed on parenteral nutrition, which means giving her amino acids, lipids, minerals, multivitamins, etc. Baby girl also had to be placed on advanced respiratory support due to underdeveloped lungs, and also underwent blood transfusions.

Fast forward, and the married couple of 35 years are finally taking their daughter home after a six month hospital stay. Manushi currently weighs in at just 5.2 lbs, but seems to be showing steady progress.

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Her father, Giriraj said, “She just fought and fought and fought against all the odds, but she’s made it!”

What a blessing! Congrats!!

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New Year, Same Ring: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Step Out for Lunch in Australia — with His Parents!

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth left Malibu to start the new year in a place where the sky is (currently) more blue.

The pair returned to the actor’s native Australia for some fun in the sun in Byron Bay, New South Wales, where they dressed down in summer ensembles as they stepped out to enjoy lunch with friends and Hemsworth’s parents, Leonie and Craig, on Tuesday.

The “Malibu” singer, 25, wore a black bikini top with cut-off shorts, taking selfies at the table and cuddling up to the actor, 27, with her arm on his back, as they both donned their so-called “promise rings.”

And while they may be wearing promise rings, Cyrus has openly talked about her feelings on marriage in the past, making it very clear that she can’t see herself walking down the aisle anytime soon.

The Daily Mail previously reported that she told The Sun on Sunday newspaper in September that she doesn’t “envision marriage.”

“I’m 24. I hope I get to live a little bit more. I have too much living to do ,” she said. “Three years ago, if you’d asked me if I’d be here, this happy with this man, I’d have been stunned. I’m just riding this out. In some relationships, you lose yourself by being with someone else. Actually, it made me find myself more. I have no idea what the next three years will bring, but if it’s possible to get even happier, I’ll take it.”

Cyrus’ father, Billy Ray, got marriage rumors swirling last April when he tweeted a picture of his daughter looking ever-so-happy in a white bridal-esque dress, captioning the picture, “I’m so happy… you are happy.”

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Cyrus has been sporting the same Neil Lane diamond ring Hemsworth gave her during their first engagement in 2012, even though she told Ellen DeGeneres it’s not quite her style.

“This is really weird, because this is like real jewelry and most of my jewelry is made out of gummy bears and cotton candy … they don’t look that good together because they kind of mix up,” she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2016. “So sometimes I replace it with an actual unicorn or a Looney Tune. And kind of like, What’s going on? I am like, This isn’t really my aesthetic, but I’ll wear it because you love me.”


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Trump Highlights Poll Showing Approval Rating Nearly The Same As Obama’s

Many recent polls have shown President Donald Trump with historically low approval ratings, although the president has singled out a survey showing his approval rating nearly identical to former President Barack Obama’s at the same point in his presidency.
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Dating apps can be a tricky way to find your one true love and the current political climate is only upping the ante for singles looking to mingle.

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Take for instance, the saga of a long-suffering woman who went on a date with a man she met on a dating app, only to discover that he was a Trump voter, something she found so unsavory that she had to end their date immediately. Her Trump supporter date, a man by the name of Bryan Leib, who also happens to be the treasurer for the Philadelphia Young Republicans, spoke to Philadelphia’s The Inquirer to muse on where the date went downhill.

According to Leib, the date had been going well until she asked who he voted for in the past election; when Leib revealed that he had voted for Trump, the date came to an abrupt close.

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“She stopped in her tracks and said, ‘You know what, Bryan? This has been a lot of fun, but I think we’re two completely different people,’” he said. “And she literally got up and left.”

The course of true love never did run smooth.



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Most Americans are oblivious to the post 9/11 conflict. Some know it as a family war.

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Faulty Google Pixel 2 mics can be fixed the same way we fixed NES cartridges

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In what might be one of the strangest twists of Google’s disastrous Pixel 2 launch saga, some users are finding that they are able to bring their faulty microphones back to life by blowing on them. Among the seemingly countless issues that have arisen since the Pixel 2 launched last month, one involved the phone’s microphone failing to activate some of the time and working other times. But some Pixel 2 owners appear to have found a solution.

In an on-going thread about the microphone issue on the Google Product Forums, one Google Pixel 2 owner said that he was able to temporarily reactivate the mic by “blowing into the speaker like you would an old NES cartridge.” Once the mic was working, he was able to deactivate it by blowing into the speaker.

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Beyoncé Dedicates Halloween 2017 to Lil Kim: ‘Hip Hop Would Not Be the Same Without Our Original Queen B’ [Photos]

Beyoncé transformed the front page of her website to honor Lil Kim.

As you’ve probably seen, Beyoncé celebrated Halloween dressed as Lil Kim from Missy Elliot’s “The Rain” music video — and Jay went as Biggie.

Accompanying dozens of photos of their costumes (Bey recreated several of Kim’s iconic looks that we haven’t seen yet), Bey kicks off the tribute with the following note:

We have to agree.

Check out the rest of Bey’s photos here.

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The GOP is trying a secretive strategy once again—this time on tax reform, Vox's Tara Golshan says. Will it work this time?
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ASOS is launching same day delivery and we’re thrilled

It’s about time…

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We’d be hard pushed to find someone who isn’t an ASOS fan, with the e-commerce site catering for all – offering beauty products, accessories, clothes and shoes from a variety of labels – all delivered straight to our doorsteps. Honestly – what’s not to love?

In fact, there’s no greater thrill than the familiar sound of that trademark monochrome package falling through the letter box.

There’s just one problem – with the shop being limited to site-form, you have to plan ahead and order at least a day in advance to get your package in time, so if you’re a last minute kind of person and are looking for an outfit for that night (whether it’s a wedding guest outfit or party dress), ASOS won’t make the cut.

That is until now – ASOS has just launched its same-day delivery service.

Yes, you read that correctly – as of today, ASOS is offering same-day delivery, allowing us to get our shopping a whole lot quicker – and we’re thrilled.

Now it’s possible to browse the site in the morning, order an outfit and receive your ASOS goodies by that same evening, allowing last-minute shopping without even having to leave the house.

However there is a catch – the same-day delivery service isn’t nationwide just yet, with the setting still currently in its trial stage, available only in London. But if you’re outside the London zone, don’t sweat – there are plans to roll out same day delivery to other major UK cities in the coming months.

If you do have a London post code – you just need to place your order before 10am from Sunday to Friday, and pay £12.95 and voila – your ASOS delivery will be coming your way between 6 and 10pm that evening!

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to buy some clothes for this evening…

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Review: The Trip to Spain Is More of the Same, and That’s OK

Just how long, exactly, is a midlife crisis supposed to last? Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan — or at least the fictionalized versions of themselves they play in their series of Trip movies—have gotten plenty of mileage out of theirs, and they show no signs of letting up. If you think of The Trip to Spain — which follows The Trip (2010) and The Trip to Italy (2014), all directed by Michael Winterbottom—as being strictly about the hang-ups of middle-aged guys, the movie isn’t likely to hold much allure for you.

But to ask only what a picture is “about” is to risk missing most of the picture. In The Trip to Spain, Brydon and Coogan — as they did in the earlier two films, all three pared down from longer TV series aired in the UK—aren’t performing strictly in the service of an overarching idea, that of men struggling with the challenges of aging. They’re really just using that idea as an excuse to get together and ham it up. Their freewheeling, improvisatory mode of one-upmanship has become a brand unto itself, a kind of Coca Cola of dueling male egos. When you come to a Trip picture, you know you’ll be getting more of the same: These movies are reliable quantities in an unreliable world.

To that end, the premise of this picture is approximately the same as that of the last two, to the point that Winterbottom truncates the opening scene into a Morse Code-style phone exchange consisting of half-finished sentences and glancing, if potent, pauses. Coogan rings up Brydon to ask if he’d like to come along on yet another of these swanky boondoggles he’s so good at hustling up, this time a weeklong jaunt through the Spanish countryside. He’ll work on a memoir during the trip; Brydon can review the tucked-away restaurants the duo will encounter on their journey. Brydon hesitates before responding. His young son, a new addition since the last film, opens his mighty jaws and yowls. That seals the deal. The two pack up their neat, wrinkle-free trousers, their button-down shirts and their Michael Caine impressions and head out in Coogan’s luxe-bourgeois Range Rover.

One ferry ride later they’re in Spain, at first encountering rain (not necessarily on the plain) but later, mostly, just sun: Winterbottom and cinematographer James Clarke take full advantage of it, showing us light-dappled towns spiraling into the hills and roads winding through lush, tree-studded terrain. Winterbottom is a gifted and extraordinarily versatile director. In the Trip projects, he may have found something of a meal ticket, but he still goes beyond the call of duty in making them cinematic: Even the shots of chefs doodling sauce on the edge of a plate have a pleasing, gentle sense of momentum.

But mostly, you’ve come to see Brydon and Coogan acting out, right? Their rapid-fire sentences overlap and outrace each other — Brydon and Coogan are like twin squirrels trying to climb a ladder at the same time. Coogan can’t stop puffing up his own ego, reminding Brydon at every turn that the film he co-wrote, produced and starred in, Philomena, was nominated for an Academy Award. Brydon, now a family man with a not particularly aggressive career plan, doesn’t care to hear it once, let alone three times. His deadpan reactions to Coogan’s spurtling nonsense are the best moments in the film—he’s cutting without saying a word, and he still manages to make it all funny. There are dueling David Bowie impersonations, lots of talk about Coogan’s romantic exploits (chiefly involving a much younger woman who also happens to be married), and, of course, the requisite Michael Caine-offs. Coogan also offers an ace impersonation of Mick Jagger, an act of mimicry involving perfectly tightened neck tendons, appropriately pouty lips and—the clincher—the occasional, offhanded over-the-shoulder handclap.

This is what it looks like when two exceedingly bright, appealing, past-middle-aged men face their respective disappointments. Maybe it stings a little more this time: Coogan is trim and toned, with a flattering haircut and no trace of the doughiness that, a few years back, seemed to be settling around his jaw. He really does look he could be king of his world—yet, once again, he can’t control it. What else is there to do but pick on the one guy who—in this semi-fictionalized friendship, at least—seems to understand him better than anyone, and who’s also dead-set against letting him get away with any of his nonsense? Even if you’re not an insecure middle-aged man yourself, chances are you at least know one, and he’s probably driving you crazy. Keep your eye on Brydon: He has some great tips for you.

 

 


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American Apparel Asks if You Want to Pay More for the Same Thing

Would you pay more for the same thing?

American Apparel is asking that question with their new “made in USA” capsule collection. For those who haven’t heard, the company relaunched this month under the ownership of Canadian brand Gildan. They bought American Apparel this past January for a cool $ 88 million. Except, they only took the company’s intellectual property (e.g. designs, name, and brand), leaving the physical operations in Los Angeles to shutter. Gildan CEO Glenn Chamandy wants to keep the same brand and presentation alive, just without the expensive American manufacturing costs (although, as he confirmed earlier this year, a small part of the line will be made in the USA). 

On their website now, you can find a small capsule collection of made-in-USA products. The line features some of American Apparel’s best selling designs, but each piece has a twin companion. Same shirt, same material, same ethical manufacturing (e.g. no sweatshop). The only difference is that one is “globally made” – produced through Gildan’s existing global supply chain network – and sold for about 20% less. 

Their fleece zip-up hoodies, for example, cost $ 48 if you want the one made in the US; $ 38 otherwise. Similarly, basic tees are $ 22 vs. $ 18. Sweatshirts $ 24 vs. $ 20. The company says everything is the same quality. 

This cuts at the heart of a big debate in US politics for the past year, where President Trump has called for a re-shoring of jobs. Critics say it can’t be done, and even if it could, it wouldn’t mean much for job creation (as much of the work would be automated). Plus, US consumers have shown they don’t want to pay higher prices. That’s the reason why Ivanka Trump’s clothing line hasn’t been able to re-shore – they can’t find suppliers who’ll add anything more than higher costs and a “made in USA” label.

American Apparel’s site seems to be a testing ground. It’s no longer true that overseas manufacturing means shoddy quality (sometimes, it’s US manufacturers who can’t make what’s possible abroad). Assuming the same level of quality, and no sweatshop conditions, are consumers willing to pay more money just to say it was manufactured in the States? I guess we’ll see. 

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The Real Reasons Why Marriages Fail — And How To Not Let Yours Suffer The Same Fate

The best way to make sure your marriage is a success story is to know the key things that can cause a marriage to fail, then put in the time and effort to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
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The Real Reasons Why Marriages Fail — And How To Not Let Yours Suffer The Same Fate

For BRIDES, by Jaimie Mackey.

You’re going into your marriage with your heart in the right place — because you’re in love and want to spend your lives together! — but even as the divorce rate drops, not every marriage is destined for success. However, yours doesn’t have to be one of the ones that fail! Our experts are here to break down four reasons marriages might not succeed and share some tips to keep yours strong.

The best way to make sure your marriage is a success story is to know the key things that can cause a marriage to fail, then put in the time and effort to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. Dating strategist Jasmine Diaz shares four essential parts of any relationship that can lead to divorce if not addressed.

Lack of Communication

“Many couples either don’t know how to communicate their feelings effectively enough for their partner to understand and receive what they’re saying or simply don’t communicate at all,” says Diaz. “It may sound clichéd, but communication is the foundation of every relationship. How can you expect your partner to make positive changes for the betterment of your relationship if he or she doesn’t know changes are needed?” Remember, your husband or wife is not a mind reader!

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If communication is not your specialty, set aside a time once a week for a real catch-up session. “Spend this time talking about your week and any issues you might be having. Instead of making it awkward or confrontational, order a pizza and turn it into a lighthearted discussion,” Diaz suggests. By talking regularly, you’ll avoid getting to the point where the wheels are falling off and it’s too late for candid conversations to help. “It’s better to schedule regular check-ups to ward off more serious issues. Why wait until you’re in critical condition?” asks Diaz.

Lack of Care

Every relationship reaches a point when the white gloves come off and the comfort sets in. Comfort has its upsides, but the problems arise when that comfort turns into consideration going out the window. “Being considerate means caring for your partner’s feelings, showing your partner that you love and value them, and being their champion,” says Diaz. “Marriages tend to fail when one partner (or both) stops caring for the other, when the friendship you once had is replaced with anger and resentment. This causes you to stop seeing the things you love about your partner, replacing them with the things you hate.”

Avoid this lack of consideration and care by pouring healthy energy into your relationship. “Don’t go weeks or months without a date night,” Diaz advises. “Schedule a few dates per month to keep your feelings fresh. Tend to your relationship with a healthy dose of love and attention.”

Lack of Commitment

“They say that anything worthwhile takes hard work, and the same is true for marriage,” says Diaz. “But if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like confrontation or gives up easily, you may find yourself divorced more quickly than you realize.” She emphasizes recognizing if you’re not ready to talk about a problem yet — but never acting as though the problem doesn’t exist. “Being in a healthy relationship takes a certain level of availability, and you have to be willing to stick it out when the going gets rough, because it will. Be physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually present in your relationship and for your partner. Listen even when you don’t agree, and make a conscious decision to put in the work.” If you make divorce an option for dealing with tough situations, it will become a default opt-out. “Instead, say to your partner, ‘I want to fix this.’ You’ll be surprised by the solutions that will come out of it!”

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Lack of Intimacy

Intimacy, by definition, is about closeness and togetherness. But for some couples, relationship problems can become a barrier to entry. “The closeness you felt in the early stages of your relationship can be replaced with different emotions, and that once-free-flowing sex life can be diminished from once a day to once a month to never,” says Diaz.

“It’s easy to look at sex and try to find a simple solution — for some this means more sex — but that treats the symptoms and may not treat the actual problem if there’s a breakdown of intimacy,” Diaz explains. “Combat it by creating more opportunities for intimate moments. Light candles and play romantic music while you’re cooking at home. Enhance the things you already do together, and dedicate yourself to being present. Forget technology and consider only your partner, giving yourselves the opportunity to create intimacy.”

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Dave Chappelle Wants Comedians To Stop Making The Same Donald Trump Jokes

Saturday Night Live” is experiencing a creative renaissance and its biggest ratings in two decades under Donald Trump’s presidency. But Dave Chappelle has a message for fellow comedians enjoying the fruits of the administration’s blunders: “Trump’s kind of bad for comedy.”

Speaking with CBC on Sunday, Chappelle offered his take on the current president’s relationship with his chosen profession, agreeing that comedy has “a role to play under Trump,” but warning that there’s a risk of regurgitating the same material. 

“Most comics in the states are starting to do the same jokes, just because Trump is so on everybody’s mind,” he said. “So it’ll be nice when we don’t have to talk about him that much.”

Despite his concerns over Trump’s omnipresence, Chappelle said he still believes the state of comedy today is “strong and healthy,” citing the return of some of his favorites like Chris Rock and Jon Stewart to the game.

“I think that most of these guys you see working are wildly courageous,” he explained. “It’s such a strange time, being bombarded with so much information, and I think comedy is an important valve for syphoning through all that.”

In November, Chappelle hosted the first “Saturday Night Live” episode after the election and delivered a stirring opening monologue in response to Trump’s surprise win. After joking that America actually elected “an internet troll as our president,” he recalled a recent visit to the White House for a BET event that made him feel hopeful about the country’s direction. 

 “I saw how happy everybody was, these people who had been historically disenfranchised, and it made me feel hopeful, and it made me feel proud to be an American,” Chappelle said. “So, in that spirit, I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”

For more from Chappelle, you can watch his two comedy specials that premiere on Netflix this month.  

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Same Sex Wedding Tips for All Couples

*This post first appeared on InsideWeddings.com.

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Marriage equality is flourishing across the United States, yielding more same-sex weddings than ever before. But unlike “traditional” straight couples, same-sex couples have no templates or roadmaps to fall back on when planning their nuptials. Here I share a few ideas – some from my own experience – for navigating the unknown terrain of same-sex weddings, all of which will help any couple (gay or straight) who want to celebrate individuality over tradition.

Your Wedding Challenges are Opportunities
With no GPS to lead the way, you and your fiancé are forced to ask yourselves three important questions:
1. What are we doing?
2. Why are we doing it?
3. How do we make it happen?

Same-sex couples have always been forced to be awake at the wheel of their relationships and marriages. I feel it’s because they have had to fight for recognition in the face of adversity. So – along with straight couples who deviate from the norm – think of your wedding-planning challenges as opportunities to create meaningful celebrations on your own terms.

Incorporate Guests Into Your Story, Not the Other Way Around
Assemble a menagerie of faces that make you feel like you. And choose not to invite anyone who might compromise your event with what I call ‘Overtly Toxic Prejudice’: a reflexive, pernicious need to induce shame in those they do not understand. Anyone down with OTP does not have a place at your wedding.

By taking charge of your guest list, you also empower yourself to bring people into your world, on your terms. For instance, when family members slip up and call your event a “party,” just remind them how important the day is for you, how important the word “wedding” is, and how meaningful it will be for you to share it with them.

Remember, you are inviting them into your story as a couple, not contorting yourself to fit into theirs.

Personalize, Rewrite, or Create New Rituals
You get to think about which wedding rituals you like, which you do not, and which are rooted in the tradition of brides as property (which are many of them). You then get to decide which of those rituals, if any, tell your story. If none do, you can always create your own, and then celebrate them in your own way.

Here are some examples:

The Proposal. You can reenact a “traditional” proposal where one proposes to the other on bended knee. But you can also invent a refreshing proposal of your own. And you can cast yourself in the role of proposer, proposed to, or both.

For example, my husband and I invented Proposal Week: a mini-vacation during which we agreed to psyche each other out with almost-proposals at various dinners and excursions until it spontaneously happened for real. Instead of exchanging rings, we created a symbolic video featuring the people in our tribes and emailed it to them. It served as both our engagement announcement and our save the date.

Parties. Have a shower, a bachelor(ette) party, or any other pre-wedding bash if you want. Whatever you end up doing (i.e., cake decorating classes, wine tasting, bar hopping, or bungy jumping) just make sure you actually have fun and that the party symbolizes who you are, independent of your spouse-to-be.

The Wedding Party. And speaking of parties, you get to decide who you want to represent you on the big day, without the gender binary getting in the way. That means that unlike many brides and grooms in the past, you get to choose bridesmen, groomsgals, or any other attendant in your wedding ensemble without the oppressive rule of “boys on this side of the aisle, girls on that side.”

What is also trending is not settling on any specific color theme for attire; don’t feel the pressure to have everyone in the wedding party match ensembles. For example, for our New England fall wedding, my husband and I chose to wear non-matching brown suits and asked our parties to wear any fall leaf color of their choosing. It was wonderful to watch the autumnal ensemble flurry their way down the aisle.

The Ceremony. Don’t feel as though you have to abandon tradition altogether. There may be aspects of sectarian customs that inspire you. For example, my husband and I both grew up going to Christian churches, and though we are not religious now, we liked some of the aesthetics of the services. We chose classic texts that reflected stories like ours – drawn from Gilgamesh and Plato – as well as church-like music selections that felt personal, from Philip Glass and Sinead O’Connor. Our spiritual guests not only got to reflect on our love, but also had no idea the service wasn’t taken from the Bible.

The Reception. Do you need to smash cake in each other’s faces? No. So if you don’t want to, don’t. If you want a first dance, do it: fast or slow, just the two of you, or with everyone as a big group. And if you want to dance with parents, why not go ahead and dance with your same-sex counterpart?

Your Wedding is a Performance
Don’t be afraid to embrace the limelight. It’s your day, so you should enjoy it.

That being said, you’ll want to prepare for show time the way actors do for a play. Allow yourself to daydream about each stage of the wedding ahead of time. Fantasize about the attention you will receive each step of the way, and how nice it will be to take that in. The more you are prepared to enjoy the attention, the better time you’ll have and the better time your guests will have. Trust me.

Also, don’t be thrown by relatives who may cringe at the sight of you kissing your beloved at the altar, your PDA in photographs or on the dance floor, your choice of outfit, or any other way in which you choose to enjoy the spotlight. These “traditional” or conservative relatives might induce inhibiting shame in you. Don’t let them. They are not the arbiters of appropriate. They simply suffer from what I call ‘Spotlight Ambivalence’: mixed feelings about exposing truth when it challenges the norm, causing folks to object when you take center stage. It’s about them, not about you.

But you might be able to actually glean tips from these same relatives. Ask them about their weddings and conflicts they had with their relatives when planning them. You might disarm them and find connections in unexpected places.

What You Take In Is More Important Than What You Put Out
Whether we’re straight or gay, we all face the exact same wedding dilemma: How to celebrate who we are and who we love, and how to take our crucial people along with us for the ride. The ensemble you assemble will nourish you – if you mentally prepare to take them in.

*This post has been adapted from Mark O’Connell, LCSW’s book, Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First Century Weddings.

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30 Strangers Discover They Share The Same Doubts, Pains And Joys Of Motherhood

Being a mom means something different for every woman, and it’s nothing short of inspiring to watch a group of moms share what this identity means to each of them.

Eco-friendly baby product delivery service The Honest Company brought together 30 moms, who had never met before, to have an unscripted conversation about their journey through motherhood. Before long, the moms realized that the challenges and rewards of parenting made them all more similar than they realized at first.

Here are a few powerful snippets from the moms’ chat:

“No matter how many books you read, it does not prepare you for parenthood.”

“My mom would want me to be the best mom, of course, but you’ve got to be your own mom.”

“There is no balance. There is no black and white. We live in this grey.”

“Having a kid has been beyond amazing. And then I have days where I haven’t slept, and I’ve been like, ‘This sucks, what did I do?'”

“I really do struggle because all I ever wanted was these babies … and now that I have them, I love them so much and I didn’t realize how much of myself I would lose.”

“I have another little one to take care of, and I don’t even know who I am, yet.”

“I remember when my daughter laughed for the first time … and that was it. I melted. I was in love. For the rest of my life, if I have that, I’m good.”

The Honest Company has also started a hashtag, #YouGotThis, for moms on social media to weigh in on the conversation.

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